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Date: 07 Jan 2007 23:13:17
From: FERRANTE
Subject: Coffee suggestions for Brikka
I recently bought a Bialetti Brikka moka pot. I finally tied it today
and while there was a decent amount of crema, the coffee tasted
bitter. Then I read, afterwards, that you should produce coffee three
times, each time throwing it out before producing a drinkable cup. It
also says not to use a fine grind, more medium.

With the Illy brand being pre-ground, should I try that? I usually buy
beans and grind them each day, but what type of beans should I get for
this? I am not so much into the espresso, but rather cappuccinos or
lattes.

Your help is appreciated.
Thanks,
k




 
Date: 08 Jan 2007 23:06:03
From:
Subject: Re: Coffee suggestions for Brikka
k,

Not certain about the 3 burns; although I followed their instructions.

I've also followed their guidelines about not using a fine grind and
have opted for the Illy Medium Grind For Drip Coffee. Frankly, I'm
not that satisfied with the results. Nothing like the espresso I
recently had at the Illy Cafe at Harrods. Rather a veneer of crema
that quickly disappears and yes a bit bitter.

What I do like about it is how quickly I can brew an espresso (their
instruction to use a high heat source) and once it blows there is a
pleasing aroma. But, for me I'll soon be moving on to a manual La
Pavoni. Yes, I know, there are strong feeling about the peacock.

Ciao,

Tino

On Sun, 07 Jan 2007 23:13:17 -0500, FERRANTE
<ferrante276-ng@yahoo.com > wrote:

>I recently bought a Bialetti Brikka moka pot. I finally tied it today
>and while there was a decent amount of crema, the coffee tasted
>bitter. Then I read, afterwards, that you should produce coffee three
>times, each time throwing it out before producing a drinkable cup. It
>also says not to use a fine grind, more medium.
>
>With the Illy brand being pre-ground, should I try that? I usually buy
>beans and grind them each day, but what type of beans should I get for
>this? I am not so much into the espresso, but rather cappuccinos or
>lattes.
>
>Your help is appreciated.
>Thanks,
>k


  
Date: 08 Jan 2007 23:23:15
From: FERRANTE
Subject: Re: Coffee suggestions for Brikka

>
>What I do like about it is how quickly I can brew an espresso (their
>instruction to use a high heat source) and once it blows there is a
>pleasing aroma. But, for me I'll soon be moving on to a manual La
>Pavoni. Yes, I know, there are strong feeling about the peacock.
>
>Ciao,
>
>Tino

Tino,
Today I tried it again. I ground some fresh beans, put just a tiny
but less in the basket and it seemed to be taking so long, despite the
high electric heat element that I actually got scared and thought the
pot was going to blow up. Finally that Bialetti nose and then the
explosion and I then poured it into a cup. Frothed milk up to 170
degrees, poured it in and was satisfied this time.
It will take some time. One last question: once you pour the frothed
milk, should you stir the cup or drink it as is?
Also, about two years ago, I bought off Ebay a La Pavoni Euriccopla
(manual) and could get no where with it. I'm sure it was just me.
Beautiful machine to look at. I hope the person who bought it off me
is enjoying it.

k